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Best Small Animal Litter Trays for 2020

Despite common belief, litter trays aren’t just for cats. If you have a small pet who spends a lot of time in their cage or hutch, you may wish to try and litter train them.

You may wish to do this to reduce the amount you have to clean out their cage, such as changing hay. It could also be a great addition if you have multiple pets in the cage and it gets messy very quickly.

Guinea pigs, rabbits and gerbils are just some of the animals who have been trained to use a litter tray, and while it doesn’t always become the norm, there can be no harm in trying.

Below are the best small animal litter trays, with picks for a range of small animals.

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    Our Top Picks

    Image Product Details
    Pets at Home Small Animal Corner Litter Tray Large
    • Good size for larger pets
    • Two hooks to attach onto the cage
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    Rosewood Corner Rabbit Litter Tray
    • Good generous size
    • Locks onto cage
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    Pets at Home Small Animal Corner Litter Tray Medium
    • Cosier size
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    The Top 8 Small Animal Litter Trays Reviewed

    1.
    Pets at Home Small Animal Corner Litter Tray Large

    Able to tuck nicely into any small animal cage so they can have some comfort and privacy when doing their business, this large tray is suitable for most rabbits in terms of size.

    There is a high back, which ensures your pet’s urine does not spray anywhere but in the tray, which is good news for your flooring. At the same time, there is a low entrance, which means they don’t have to uncomfortably leap into the tray.

    It is made from premium plastic which is BPA free, non-toxic and long-lasting. Just clean it with warm soapy water. You can use it with any litter, but wood pellet or paper litter is best (if suitable for your pet).

    Features

    • Good size for larger pets
    • Two hooks to attach onto the cage

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 26.2 x 33.5 x 49.4cm
    • Material: Plastic
    • For: Rabbits, Ferrets

    2.
    Rosewood Corner Rabbit Litter Tray

    Need a large litter tray for your pet but concerned at how much space this means will be taken up? This tray is space-saving, not just because it fits into the corner, but because it also makes use of the space.

    There is a large high back which will stop them from spraying outside of their cage, and it is made from easy to clean plastic which can be wiped and washed with soapy water. It’s available in two sizes, but we would always say large for most standard rabbits.

    The hooks supplied with the tray will attach to any cage or mesh to keep it secure, and there are a host of reviews saying that it is the only one their bunny doesn’t pee over.

    Features

    • Good generous size
    • Locks onto cage

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 19 x 32 x 42 cm
    • Material: Plastic
    • For: Rabbits, Ferrets, Guinea Pigs

    3.
    Giant Corner Rodent Litter Tray with Grill Floor

    Looking for a particular colour? Need something which really won’t allow your pet to wee over the edge of the tray?

    At its highest point, this tray is 22cm, but only 5cm at the front so they can easily get in and out. If you’re wondering what the grill is, it is a powder-coated shelf which will allow any mess to fall down into the bottom of the tray and ensures that they don’t walk in it.

    The plastic is strong, so it will withstand washing and daily use. It is great for small to medium animals, and there is a clip so it attaches to the cage.

    Features

    • Separates waste
    • Substantial

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 36 x 22cm
    • Material: Plastic
    • For: Ferrets, Rats, Chinchillas

    4.
    Sharples & Grant Small Animal Eco Corner Litter Toilet Pan

    Available in three different sizes, this is one of the deepest trays on the market and will keep their toilet mess well contained.

    It fits snuggly into the cage, saving space while still being practical. The three sizes are 10cm for mice, hamsters, and rats, 20cm for small rabbits or guinea pigs and 29cm for ferrets, rabbits, and chinchillas.

    The sizes are generous, too, so double-check the measurements you would need to ensure you don’t buy a tray which is too large.

    Features

    • Optional sizes
    • Large pick

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 18 x 9 x 10 - 49 x 25 x 29cm
    • Material: Plastic
    • For: Any animal

    5.
    Pets at Home Small Animal Corner Litter Tray Medium

    Have a small animal such as a hamster, so need something which is not too large so they can feel comfortable?

    This tray is ideal, with a large tall back yet a low entrance which will allow them to easily enter the tray. It is a nice shape and size so stays tucked into the corner, and two hooks keep it firmly attached to the cage wire or mesh so they can come and go comfortably.

    There are quite a few reviews saying that this tray is too small for their rabbit, but it clearly states it is only made for a small pet such as a hamster or rat, so anybody with rabbits needs a larger size.

    Features

    • Cosier size

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 18.7 x 24 x 35.3cm
    • Material: Plastic
    • For: Hamsters, Mice

    6.
    Trixie 6255 Corner Toilet

    This is one of the best budget picks, but it is still a worthy pick.

    You get two hooks on the back do it can be securely attached to the cage, and the corners are curved which makes it easier for you to clean. It is also plastic and comes in bright colours so any dirt left behind will show up.

    It is surprisingly large too – it is advertised as being for a large cage, and probably for a hamster, yet is actually the size for a rabbit or guinea pig.

    Features

    • Colour pop
    • Big size

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 36 x 21 x 30cm
    • Material: Plastic
    • For: Rabbit, Guinea Pig

    7.
    Critter's Choice Small Animal Corner Litter Tray

    A nice dark colour, which will fit into the look of any cage if you’re bothered about colours and everything matching your home.

    Just wipe it clean when it needs to be made hygienic again. The dark colour won’t show up any scratches or marks easily. It is just about large enough for small or young rabbits or ferrets, but not for full-sized rabbits or larger breeds.

    We would say it is ideal if you have two or three mice or hamsters who will need to use the same tray. A good point is that the height is perfect for preventing spray back.

    Features

    • Nice and high

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 30 x 30 x 17cm
    • Material: Plastic
    • For: Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas

    8.
    Bebester Pet Toilet

    This is a durable tray which will come as welcome news for anyone who has an animal who has chewed through some of their equipment already.

    It is a medium-sized tray, good for smaller guinea pigs or chinchillas. The removable grid means that any waste is dropped through to the base, so your animal still has a clean platform to sit on until you clean it up.

    Features

    • Solid grid

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 23 x 18.5 x 10cm
    • Material: Plastic
    • For: Hamsters, Chinchillas, Guinea Pigs

    Buying Guide

    Size

    You need to think about the area in which your litter tray will go, as well as the size of your pet. The depth also needs to be taken into account.

    The tray needs to be large enough for your rabbit to comfortably sit at one end, and have a pile of hay next to them (rabbits like to eat as they poop). Something around 40cm x 25cm would be fine for a small rabbit.

    If you have multiple rabbits, and you would like them to use the same tray, they will ideally be able to go in different spots. Take this into consideration before buying.

    Height/Depth

    This is a crucial part of the size so deserves its own little thought!

    Rabbits and many other small animals back into a corner and lift their tails to urinate. If the depth isn’t enough, this will just go over the edge of the tray. You will be placing a layer of litter and hay in the base of the tray, so take this into account too – it will technically lower the overall height.

    But they still have to be able to get into the tray. Some will have no problem jumping into a tray, but it is best to look for a tray which has one lower edge so they can easily enter and exit without injury or causing too much mess.

    Shape

    Most small animals will usually pick a corner to go to the toilet in. Therefore, a corner litter tray is a great idea. It should fit quite snuggly into the corner, and it is a good idea if it fastens onto the cage so when they move, it doesn’t move with them.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    Which litter should I use in the small animal litter tray?

    Don’t just think that you can use the same as cats use. There is specialist small animal litter out there, which is great for adding comfort and being safe in case they ingest it.

    This will always be the best bet, but if you do go for something which is for cats, it needs to be non-clumping, so it doesn’t stick together or cause blockages if ingested. Paper and wood are good.

    Can I really train my small animal to use a litter tray?!

    Yes! Although we aren’t promising dazzling results…

    Rabbits, for example, are very clean animals. They will generally stick to one spot to use as a toilet in their cage or hutch, and this is something you can take advantage of. Litter training will likely be more effective if your rabbit is neutered, as they won’t feel the need to mark their territory as much.

    But if they don’t want to use it, they won’t. You shouldn’t get annoyed at them for forgetting at any point, either. Training could be a good way to encourage them to use it – if you spot them using the tray, offer a reward or treat.